- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2015

Benét Embry, a black radio host who lives in the McKinney, Texas, community where a pool party went awry Friday, says he is facing a wave of death threats from his “own people” after he said on television that he doesn’t believe the incident was about race.

Mr. Embry, host of the “Benét Embry Radio Show,” is facing calls for his termination after telling CNN’s “Outfront” this week that Friday’s incident, which eventually led to an officer’s resignation, was simply “a pool party run amok.”

Former Cpl. Eric Casebolt was captured on video Friday evening wrestling a young black girl to the ground and pointing his gun at two other black teens while answering a disturbance call at an unruly party at the Craig Ranch pool. The video ignited a social media firestorm and stoked racial tensions already inflamed by incidents in Baltimore, New York and Ferguson, Missouri. Mr. Casebolt resigned Tuesday amid national pressure, with his lawyer blaming his aggressive actions on emotional stress.

“I do not believe that this was about race,” Mr. Embry said Monday. “What this was a teenage party that got out of control. It was about 130 kids there, 100 good kids there just having a good time. Out of the 130, predominantly African-American, seven knuckleheads ruined the whole thing for everybody.”

Mr. Embry said Thursday that he’s been forced into silence since his comments went viral.

“[M]y words are constantly being twisted. With the death threats, negative stigma and over all drama from me simply saying this is not a racial incident or a racist community, I have decided to just stay out of the media,” he told radio host Jim Sharpe in an email.

“Not at any time have I ever said I agree with the conduct of the officer in question and in actually [sic] I don’t,” he said. “I didn’t speak up because I have a radio show. I spoke up because it is the right thing to do and for that I am called a ‘coon’, ‘house [N-word]’, ‘race traitor’ ect [sic] from MY own people. I thought as a race we had evolved to a point to agree to disagree, discuss it, come to an understanding then from that point come together. Obviously that is not the case.”

Deep Ellum on Air, which hosts Mr. Embry’s show, said it has received dozens of phone calls demanding the host be fired, The Daily Caller reported.

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